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By: Chris Bell  06-Dec-2011

‘“Hey, Nigel!” Kev shouted. “We’re going on a boat-trip.” He was already at the gangplank.’

What happens when three drinkers take an impromptu boat trip? And why are the other day-trippers so relieved to get back to port? The title of this e-book comes from a reference in the introduction to Joseph Conrad’s , and a quotation from Spenser’s . ’s also gets a mention.

Get Port After Stormy Seas on your Kindle, PC or iPad for US$0.99 – less than you pay for the coffee you drink while you’re reading it. A link and short extract follow the jump.

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My short story Shem-el-Nessim was first published on the now defunct NZBC blog in instalments in 2006. It subsequently appeared in print in Zahir magazine (US); a Postscripts anthology called ‘This Is The Summer of Love’ (UK); and Steven Jones’s annual anthology The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21, published by Constable & Robinson.

The story was inspired by an advertisement from The Illustrated London News for a real perfume by the London company J. Grossmith and Son. Last January I was emailed by a descendant of John Grossmith, Simon Brooke, who has re-launched the company and its perfumes. Shem-el-Nessim is now available as a Kindle e-book for US$0.99.

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“The bullet point party’s electro-shock therapy hadn’t cured my ‘internet addiction’, which is what it claimed countless citizens were suffering from when its propaganda also said the net was killing print, the banks and big business, presaging bailouts and the more drastic measures we came to call the Almighty Crunch. I completed the treatment programme around the time they began prosecuting bloggers and citizen journalists for ‘media crimes’.” Ask the dissidents in Venezuela, the revolutionaries in Egypt, the rebels in Libya, or the protestors in Bahrain: the enemies of the internet are legion. Repressive governments, police states and fundamentalist regimes abhor a free internet. Iniquity is now available as an e-book on the Amazon.com (US$0.99) and Amazon UK Kindle Stores.

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Optimised for Kindle, with active Table of Contents, illustrated cover and recommended listening, the e-book edition of Liquidambar is available for US$2.99, at the Amazon.com Kindle Store.

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This new e-book only edition of The Bumper Book of Lies, optimised for Kindle, costs US$4.99. It includes 25 short stories by Chris Bell, 15 of them first published in magazines and anthologies; 9 previously unpublished stories; 1 story included in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 10th Annual Edition; 1 story included in the PostScripts New ‘Writers’ anthology This Is The Summer of Love; 3 honourable mentions from The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror; 1 story included in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21. Available exclusively from the Amazon Kindle Store.

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John Mulgan’s New Zealand literary landmark in a new e-book edition, with a Kindle-only cover that pays homage to the original hardback version: US$3.99. Optimised for Kindle with active Table of Contents, new author biography and corrections to errors in existing public domain texts. (Note: this work remains in copyright in some countries and is not for sale to US customers.)

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